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Event about children, not horses

Whether you want to climb onto a horse to ride for a good cause or simply come enjoy live music and an auction, the Elkins Creek Horse Club’s Saddle Up for St. Jude is worth your time and money.

The event slated for Oct. 13 is the first one for this organization but the concept is nothing new for our region or for the hospital that has made a difference the lives of children for decades.

Since opening in 1962, St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world. No child is ever denied treatment because of financial limitations or socio-economic status. With a daily operating cost of $1.8 million, St. Jude depends mostly on public contributions and fundraising events like this one.

For more information, visit Elkins Creek Horseclub on Facebook or contact Charlie Whitt at 740-821-2894 or by email at tinbender24@gmail.com.

Supporting causes like the Saddle Up event is sometimes viewed as unimportant because individuals do not always think about the direct impact here in our community. But the work done by St. Jude permeates our entire country and has potential impact for every child.

Giving just a few hours of your Saturday — or a few of your hard-earned dollars — could save a child’s life. And what is more important than that?